Something happened to Mariano Rivera for the first time Thursday night in Baltimore as he nears the end of his storied career.
Baseball’s all-time saves leader was not credited with career save No. 652 despite securing a 6-5 win with a scoreless ninth inning, as the official scorer at Camden Yards invoked a little-known rule to award Rivera the win after setup man David Robertson had been “brief and ineffective” in allowing the Orioles to tie the score in the eighth.
This was it, the Rangers’ chance to shine. Anyone remember “The Turnaround Gang” at the old stadium? That’s exactly what this club needed after a 2-8 start in September with the Oakland A’s in town.
Seventeen games in 17 days. One final series with the division rivals. Time to make amends for the last two weeks.
Well. At least it was close.